American Sublime: The Genealogy of a Poetic Genre
University of Wisconsin Press, 1991 - 337 Seiten
Tracing ideas of the sublime in American literature from Puritan writings to the postmodern epoch, Rob Wilson demonstrates that the North American landscape has been the ground for political as well as aesthetic transport. He takes a distinctly historical approach and explores the ways in which experiences of the American landscape instill desire for other kinds of vastness: self-expansion, national expansion, and American political power. As Wallace Stevens put it, the American will takes "dominion everywhere."
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Given this solitude , regionally glued together at best , the poet must listen to the
ocean as he would to any poet ( called later a “ counterpunching radio ” ) : as
structural model for message - making and a source for the widest metaphor the ...
Poetry emerged to fill the unwritten terrain and the traumatic solitude , generating
poets like Al Purdy , who would later dig down through archives of soil , blizzard ,
and bedrock to find their own place in a fledgling tradition . At first , originality ...
tone and tradition which later signaled , no less explicitly , the transport of the
sublime . Bradstreet “ said something ” of her new country : she invented and
indulged in “ rapt senses ” of place that , later , turned into a kind of
commonsense and ...
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